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Wills-Kate's flight takes 'mid-air emergency' to avoid collision on runway

London, Mon, 13 Feb 2012 ANI

London, Feb 13 (ANI): Prince William and Kate Middleton were left 'terrified' after a plane flying them into Britain narrowly avoided colliding with another aircraft which hadn't cleared a runway in time, it is claimed.


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were returning from a joint trip to the Danish capital on their first humanitarian mission.


The royals' flight back from Denmark was about to land at Heathrow when the pilot of the Airbus A320-200 was forced to perform a steep climb at the last minute.


Passengers on the on 162-seat airliner back to Britain all escaped the episode unhurt, but The Duchess of Cambridge was said to have been 'deeply unsettled' by the incident.


"This really was a serious incident and would have been terrifying for those on board," the Daily Mail quoted a source close to the incident as telling The People.


"The aircraft ahead of them hadn't cleared the runway in time for the plane carrying the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to land.


"For anyone who didn't know what was going on it would have been extremely worrying," the source added.


British Airways admitted one of their pilots was forced to perform the mid-air manoeuvre during the flight on November 2, but dismissed the incident as 'standard procedure.'


"Our crew were told by air traffic control to perform a go-around - a perfectly standard operation with no safety implications - because an aircraft from another airline hadn't fully cleared the runway," a spokesperson said.


"Safety is always our priority and all our pilots are fully trained to deal with procedures of this kind.


"Our aircraft landed safely and customers left the plane as normal," the spokesperson added. (ANI)


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